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The Daily Dispatch: July 3, 1861., [Electronic resource] 1 1 Browse Search
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The Daily Dispatch: July 3, 1861., [Electronic resource], Twenty-three lives lost in a colliery. (search)
Twenty-three lives lost in a colliery. --On the 11th inst., a fearful catastrophe occurred at a colliery at Clay Cross, near Chesterfield, England. The pit is about one hundred and sixty yards deep and adjoins an old shaft which has not been worked for some years. Some of the stalls have been extended near the old water pit, and on the 11th Natty Dawes, a collier, with a view to ascertain how near he was to the old water pit, picked at the side of his stall. In a few moments a hole was made the size of his pick handle and the water commenced to rush in. There were about three hundred workmen in the colliery at the time, and Dawes gave the alarm for them to escape, the water rushing in with increased rapidity. The men knew that there was no hope of escape from the pursuing and rapidly rising water, except through the pit shaft, and as this is the lowest part of the working, their fears were doubled by the knowledge of the fact that the water rising would soon block up the